I started my career at the University of Oviedo (Spain) where I obtained my PhD in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Jose Barluenga and Prof. Jose Manuel Gonzalez working in the development of new reactions for the activation of alkynes with iodinating reagents and metal catalysts. Continuing with my interests in catalysis, I moved to Germany to join the group of Prof. Manuel Alcarazo at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research where I worked on new processes of activation of S-S bonds and hydrogenation of C-C multiple bonds. In 2012 I got a position at the CAT Catalytic Center (a research centre of Covestro located at the University of Aachen, Germany) where I was working on projects concerning the utilisation of CO2 as C1 building block in synthesis. In July 2013 I joined the group of Dr Mark Crimmin at Imperial College (UK) to work on a project funded by Royal Dutch Shell on the development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for the selective oxidation of alkanes. Since 2015, I am a lab manager at Queen Mary University of London where I am currently in charge of running the teaching laboratories at The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Areas of interest: Teaching, Halogenation reactions, Frustrated Lewis Pairs, C-H activation, Hydrogenation, CO2 Chemistry, organocatalysis and molecular modelling.